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Victorian Turquoise & Garnet Snake Hair Bracelet


Victorians treated their jewels with highly personalized details for the sake of romance and remembrance. With its distinctive serpentine motif and hairwork band, this bracelet is most likely a piece of mourning jewelry. It's predominantly comprised of human hair, a favored and prominent component of nineteenth century memorial jewelry. Using the locks of loved ones both alive and deceased, Victorian jewelers incorporated plaited strands into metal fittings to create a wearable tribute to family members and friends. The ouroboros motif - symbolizing eternal love and rebirth - is finished with a snake's head and tail set with turquoise and rose cut garnets. The hairwork is in excellent condition. As a material, hair is both durable and flexible, but it's slightly coarse to the touch.


  • Materials

    10k gold (tests), turquoise cabochons, 2 2mm rose cut garnets, hair

  • Age

    c. 1840

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    7" inner circumference, 3" safety chain





please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Snakes:Fertility, Power, Wisdom, Renewal and Healing.

Serpents were the bodyguards of the ancient world.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Hair Jewelry:Worn in Remembrance

Jewelry made from hair allowed the bereaved to keep their loved one with them always.